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it is the big question this morning. will jerry sandusky take the stand? >> day two of his defense begins in just a few hours. launched yesterday, with witnesses who testified it was routine to shower with boys. tense talks. no love lost between the president and putin of russia, over syria, as world leaders agree today, a plan to boost job creation worldwide. caught on camera. a priceless picasso vandalized. spray-painted as patrons looked on. and a musical girl. a young girl in a coma wakes after hearing this. ♪ rolling in the deep
good tuesday morning, everybody. with his trial rapidly coming to a close, jerry sandusky himself could take the stand in his own defense as soon as today. >> defense attorneys told jurors the first time that they would hear from the former penn state assistant coach. abc's jim avila reports from pennsylvania. >> reporter: jerry sandusky began his uphill defense case, backed by former coaching colleagues and long-time friends. who in rapid-fire testimony told jurors sandusky is a local hero with a great reputation. and showering with boys was not unusual in the athletic world. but in the end, they were only character witnesses, shedding little light on the actual 51 abuse charges. >> sandusky has been portrayed by the prosecution as nothing less than a monster. what does the defense have? they have other people that see him own know him differently.
>> reporter: the defense won't take long. the judge telling jurors he expects them to get the case thursday. he did not tell them whether the defendant will take the stand, as sandusky's attorney earlier hinted. and as sandusky left court -- >> jerry what do you think of day one of your defense? >> reporter: he refused to confirm a trip to the witness box, to tell jurors what he told "the new york times" months ago. >> these allegations are false. i didn't do those things. >> reporter: sandusky's wife of 46 years, dottie, is on the defense witness list. as is one of the couple's six adopted children, matt, who stands by his father. both were in court the first day. but not since because potential witnesses are excluded. the other five adopted sandusky children are largely silent and unseen. one daughter is often in court. but some wonder if sandusky should just spare his family, especially his wife. especially, say courtroom observers, if dottie sandusky is little more than another glorified character witness and
knows nothing about the specific charges against her husband. jim avila, abc news, bellefonte, pennsylvania. and in another high-profile case, former major league pitcher roger clemens has been acquitted of lying to congress about whether he used performance-enhancing drugs. it took jurors less than ten hours to reach their verdict in a trial that stretched for ten weeks. after the verdict, clemens fought back tears. >> all you media guys that know me and followed my career -- >> yeah. even though he was found not guilty. the investigation and trial have tarnished his reputation among fans and may prevent him from entering the hall of fame, which he will be eligible for this coming fall. and the former college student convicted of the web cam spying of his gay roommate is leaving jail today. dharun ravi spent 20 days of his
30-day sentence for good behavior. he could have faced deportation to his native india. that is highly unlikely. the roommate, tyler clementi, committed suicide just days after the incident. in other news this morning, president obama and other top world leaders are wrapping up their summit in mexico later today. they're expected to announce a major agreement on shoring up the global economy. with a preview of this, here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: world leaders meeting today at the g20 economic summit in mexico will unveil a coordinated plan for job creation, which they call a top priority in fighting the european economic crisis. for the crisis affecting the u.s. economy and his hope for re-election at stake, president obama is pushing europe to come up with a bold plan to create stability. >> now is a time, as we discussed, to make sure that all of us join to do what's necessary to stabilize the world financial system. to ensure that we are working
hand in hand to both grow the economy and create jobs. >> reporter: so far, it's been difficult to get euro zone countries to agree on anything meaningful, such as establishing 1 organization, to police and insure all of the banks in the 17 euro zone countries. also on mr. obama's agenda, candid talks with russian president vladimir putin. the two share common ground on trade and investment. but not much eye contact. >> they discussed the need to expand trade and investment between the united states and russia. both leaders are very much in agreement that more can be done. that there's great potential to create jobs and opportunity in both countries. >> reporter: the crisis in syria became the major focus of the meeting. in a subtle shift for both nations, the leaders said the syrians should choose their next government. president putin said he and mr. obama shared many commonalities on syria. but he did not share what they were or how to end the violence. rob and paula? >> all right. tahman bradley, live in washington for us. thanks, tahman.
also, a major immigration shift was revealed overnight. for the first time, asians moving to the u.s. surpassed the number of hispanics. now, back in 2010, asians made up 36% of immigrants. 430,000 to 370,000 hispanics. the study attributes the rise to more visas being issued to specialized workers and investors. the most destructive wildfire in colorado history has now gutted at least 189 homes. 1,700 firefighters are battling the flames and near triple-digit heat. more than 90-square miles have been scorched thus far. the fire remains 45% contained. major wildfires are also burning from new mexico to california, as well as the northern rockies. and time, now, for a check of weather across the country on your tuesday morning. we have some hail, 70-mile-per-hour winds and also a chance of tornadoes around green bay, the twin cities, fargo and also sioux falls. also, showers from portland and seattle to helena, montana.
thunderstorms in dallas, houston and new orleans. scattered showers from upstate new york, down to the carolinas. >> 80s from baltimore southward. the middle of the country, hovering around the 90-degree mark. phoenix climbing to 106. just 60s in the pacific northwest. so, a little cool weather going on this week across the country. >> cool and a.c. crank it up. coming up next, dramatic drops for gas prices around the country. we'll show you where it's falling the fastest. plus, the latest challenger for the ipad. why experts think this new tablet, it might be the most serious threat yet. also this morning, the pint-sized baseball fan who learned one very important lesson.
well, microsoft is mounting a serious challenge to apple's ipad. the company showed reporters its surface tablet computer, aimed more at entertaining than creating. it has a bigger screen than the ipad. and unlike the apple tablet, the covers can be converted into keyboards. the surface also comes with a built-in kick-stand. sounds like a bike, doesn't it? it's the first computer by the software giant. abc news tech editor joanna stern says, until now, microsoft has always been at the mercy of manufacturers. >> it looks like they can actually do a really nice job of it, in terms of design. in terms of components. and in terms of how that hardware and software works together. >> now, it looks as if the surface will be released this fall, along with windows 8. no word, however, on the price tag.
well, just as americans plan their summer vacations, of course, gas prices are plummeting. great news nationwide. prices have now dropped another 4 cents in the last week, to an average of $3.53 a gallon. but the savings are even more dramatic in the western states. prices have dropped 18 cents in washington, 17 cents in oregon, and 13 cents in california on this last full day of spring, we might add. >> thank you for that reminder. now, it's spain that's worrying overseas investors. tokyo's nikkei average was off 65 points today. hong kong's hang seng losing 59. and in london, the ftse opening higher. on wall street, the dow fell 25 points monday. the nasdaq index, ticking up 23. and facebook stock is on a roll, gaining 20% in the last two weeks. while it hasn't returned to its initial public offering price quite yet, shares got a big boost, thanks to the company's acquisition of a facial recognition company. >> good news for a lot of small investors out there. well, it's the newest craze
in fast food. this morning, taco bell is following up on the success of its dorito's loco taco, with a new dorito's-inspired flavor, cool ranch. it makes its national debut sometime this summer. it's already been spotted out in southern california. >> i think we need to taste test it just to make sure that it's safe to eat. for all of you to consume. >> if you're listening, taco bell, we're right here. send it. we'll eat it. >> we'll eat anything. well, it's a shocking image. a fishing trip goes horribly wrong, leaving a teenager with a spear through his head. coming up, how this boy survived. and a dangerous addiction. the unintended side effect of gastric bypass surgery. [ male announcer ] and now, another newtonism.
morning. millions of people decide to -- >> not with two kids. >> i tried to beat the heat in the nation's midsection, as temperatures soar into the 90s. chicago actually reached 94 yesterday. beachgoers were out in droves, as you can imagine. the city had to open more than 100 cooling centers. the heat arrives here on the east coast tomorrow. so, it will be hot in here, as well. >> in here? >> in here. beautiful pictures of lake shore drive in lake michigan. got to get down to chicago. now, for a look at morning road conditions. expect slick highways in the northwest. rain-soaked roads from fargo to green bay. a wet ride in parts of east texas, louisiana and south florida. and showers could slow down your commute from the carolinas to upstate new york. >> and it's a good day for flying out there. the only significant airport delays are expected in the city of minneapolis. that music was good. woke us up. >> what? what's going on this morning? well, museum workers in houston are trying to save a
pricey picasso after this was targeted by a brazen vandal. >> a museum visitor captured the whole thing on his cell phone. a well-dressed man is seen defacing "woman in an armchair." he uses a stencil to put a bull. art lovers are hoping the painting can be restored. who would ruin a classic like that? >> unfortunate. a florida teenager is recovering after a fishing trip went horribly wrong. we want to warn you that some of the pictures you're about to see are very graphic. the 16-year-old was shot in the head with a spear gun. trauma surgeons were shocked when he was wheeled into the e.r. the neurosurgeon said as bad as it looks, it could have been a whole lot worse. >> the brain is the most vascular organ in the body. but the spear missed all of the big blood vessels. >> somehow, miraculously, it did.
it took three hours to remove the spear gun from the boy's head. he remembers absolutely nothing about that accident, rob. >> only need to remember, someone out there watching out for him. that's it. new research finds a significant link between gastric bypass surgery and a dependency on alcohol. about 11% of those who had the surgery reported developing problems with alcohol in the second year after the operation. researchers say having a shrunken stomach and a shorter route to the small intestine allows alcohol to be absorbed by your body more quickly. and a british study says a change in underwear might increaser increase fertilitfertility. men who wore jockey shorts have abnormal sperm. switching to boxer shorts might increase the chances of getting your partner pregnant. >> boxers or briefs? i guess you're a boxer guy. >> breathe. >> i'm sure you can wreath
easily, now that you know that, too. little tmi this morning. time for sports. for the yankees, ten-straight. we get highlights from our man at espn news, cole wright. >> good morning. cole wright here with your "sportscenter" update. and the yankees trying to increase the nine-game winning streak to ten. braves on top, 2-1. the captain, derek jeter, doing what he does, single up the middle. that will plate a pair. the yanks are in control. nobody on. yankees with a 3-2 cushion. big tex, mark teixeira. yankees lead 4-2. and the bottom of the eighth, robinson cano, solo to center field. they're rolling. a 6-2 affair. top nine, sabathia tells chipper jones, dugout time. that's out number two. jason heyward, youngster, you
have work to do. sabathia, nine innings. yankees win 6-2. ten in a row for them. matt cain and the giants visiting the giants. cain looking for a strong performance after his perfecto last week. a single to left. perfect game over. top three. tied at 2-2. one out, one on. angel pagan. that's up to williams. the play at the plate. not in time. g-men, they take a 3-2 lead. bottom four, cain gets the machine, albert pujols to roll to third. cane goes five innings, four ks. the giants win this one, 5-3. and nba junkies, make a note. it's the finals. game four. thunder/heat. it all begins with kia nba countdown, at 8:30 eastern time. then, tip time is 9:00 eastern on abc, as the heat look to take a 3-1 series lead. don't miss out. >> we certainly won't. talk about spoiling father's
day. this tampa bay rays fan, he caught a foul ball, a nice souvenir. but moments later, his young son decides to make like a major leaguer and throws the ball back on the field. >> as you can see, daddy was not amused. everyone else around him thought it was cute. it may be a while before dad takes him to another ball game. what did i do wrong, dad? up next, in "the pulse," you won't believe who's coming to broadway. plus, outrage over a new sneaker design that critics say is racist. >> look at that. also, an incredible story. the adel hit that woke up a young girl from a coma. [ male announcer ] with ultra-filtered water from the first ever hands-free dispenser, and micro-climate controls powered by twinchill™ technology, the new ge french door refrigerator is engineered to push the limits of fresh. so to prove it, we're taking one from the factory in kentucky and delivering it full of fresh food to a place fresh can't be found. ♪
♪ we could have had it all rolling in the deep ♪ all right. time to check "the pulse," the stories you'll be talking about today. it looks like adele's powerhouse voice may have miraculous powers. enough, actually, to heal a dying child. >> you're going to love this story. 7-year-old charlotte neve, she was in a coma after a brain hemorrhage. doctors didn't think she was going to make it. when her mom gave her a final hug, adele's "rolling in the deep" came on the radio. mom began singing along. she said charlotte began to smile. she has been improving ever since. she has been walking and talking again. even taking dance classes. >> adele will hear this story and they will meet.
it's coming. you can feel it. a couple of familiar faces are back in the spotlight. the one and only mike tyson. he's taking his one-man show to broadway. it's billed as a raw confessional on the highs and lows of his certainly interesting life. >> who is this again? >> mike tyson. the greatest that ever lived. >> the broadway run directed by spike lee will lost six nights. >> spike and mike's first time on broadway. mike tyson is a thespian. arsenio hall, a blast from the past. he's coming back to late-night tv his show will debut in the fall. he's promising his dog pound will be back with a new twist. and there's a plan for a new shoe that sparked outrage before it hit the store. >> critics say shoes with shackles attached, conjure images of slavery.
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oikos greek yogurt. next, big day for suspended sheriff ross mirkarimi. he fights for his job and right to see his son. parents of an oakland elementary school plan more action to keep their school from shutting down. cooling trend is over temporarily. warm heat for the first day of summer. >> sue has traffic.owers from t buffalo, new york. and finally from us this morning, the little boy who charmed millions of americans as little darth vader, all remember him. he is out of the hospital this
morning. >> the 7-year-old actor is back home, less than a week after heart surgery. kabc's denise theodore shows what's next for him. >> reporter: after surgery, max page is heading home. and first on his list -- >> i'm thinking about a lot of things. especially having a milkshake. ♪ >> reporter: it appears that max was perfectly cast as the mini-darth vader, who uses sheer will to move objects. his positive thinking kept him going through eight surgeries that began when he was a baby. this is the second time doctors have replaced his pulmonary valve. >> he came in, saying we have to do it, get it over with and i'll move on. the force is with me. he's really -- he's really maintained that sparkle and positive attitude. >> i came here when i was 5 weeks old. how young is that? >> reporter: we first met max last summer, at the opening of
children hospital l.a.'s new pavilion. >> i feel at home. they feel at home. we all feel at home. >> reporter: max has used his talents and winning personality to raise $50,000 for the hospital last year alone. and last summer, he went to washington to ask for increased children's access to quality health care. he's a supercrusader for young patients everywhere. >> i do so much work with the hospital. it's just really fun. >> reporter: what does the future hold for this young jedi knight? the new valve should lost 10 to 15 years. and if it grows with his body, doctors say he should live a long, healthy life. >> i want to say thank you. you guys are the best. >> reporter: this is denise theodore, reporting for abc news. >> that's the most adorable little kid. all these been through and to have that kind of spirit and positive outlook, that's fantastic. >> she mentioned eight surgeries. looks like he's going to make a full recovery in six to